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Göran Ando, M.D.

Senior Advisor, London
Uppsala University, Sweden
Linköeping University, Sweden

Göran Ando, M.D., has over 35 years of experience as a senior executive for international pharma and biotech companies. Dr. Ando began his career in the pharmaceutical industry in 1978 as Medical Director of Pfizer AB, progressing to Director, Clinical Research with Pfizer International in the U.S. Dr. Ando then became VP, Medical and Scientific Affairs at Bristol-Myers and returned to Sweden as President of the Astra Research Centre. Between 1989 and 1995, he held various senior appointments at Glaxo, including Research & Development Director for Glaxo Group Research.

In 1995, Dr. Ando joined Pharmacia AB in Sweden as Executive Vice President and Deputy CEO, moving to the U.S. in 1997 to lead R&D with additional responsibilities for manufacturing, IT, business development and M&A. During his eight-year tenure as Head of R&D at Pharmacia/Pharmacia & Upjohn, 17 NCEs were approved by the US FDA. Most recently, Dr. Ando was CEO of CellTech Group PLC in the United Kingdom, one of the most successful European biotech companies, until it was acquired by UCB Pharma for $3 billion in 2005.

Dr. Ando serves as Chairman of the Board of Directors for Symphogen and is on the Board of Directors for Molecular Partners. Dr. Ando is currently also Chairman of the Board at Novo Nordisk A/S, Copenhagen and is a Member of the Board of Directors of Archimedes Pharma, United Kingdom. Dr. Ando is a Founding Fellow of the American College of Rheumatology in the United States. 

Dr. Ando has a Bachelor of Arts degree from Uppsala University in Sweden as well as his Doctor of Medicine from Linkoeping University in Sweden.  Dr. Ando joined Essex Woodlands as Senior Advisor, based in the London office, in January 2007.